Because we wanted something that was deeper and more human than just a meet-and-greet, we coordinated experiences, meals, tours and events to inspire, educate, nourish, and entertain.



4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Fanfest check-in and badge pick-up at Queen Street Gallery at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception

Meet Dorothea Benton Frank and fellow attendees. Grab a cocktail and some light bites, purchase and get your favorite books signed by Dorothea!



9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Charleston

Amongst a backdrop of stately architecture and manicured gardens, we will explore the rich, cultural heritage of one of America's most charming cities.  From the Colonial period, through the War Between the States and Reconstruction, to her current renaissance, an incredible timeline of events will come alive. You’ll get a historical overview of the city as we walk from the Market - through the old walled-city - to the Battery, and pass hundreds of historic homes, buildings, churches and gardens.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Carolina Queen Jazz Cruise

Join us aboard the Carolina Queen for afternoon of cold drinks, and delicious BBQ from award-winning Swig & Swine and live blues from Shrimp City Slim.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Savannah Bee Company Honey Tasting & Bee Hive Exhibit

Savannah Bee Company specialty honey is the culmination of a 35-year search, both locally and around the world for the very best. Their beauty products deliver real benefits derived from treasured honeybee hive ingredients– beeswax, royal jelly, propolis, and honey. Enjoy a special Fanfest honey tasting and beauty product sampling and a live observation hive set-up, from The Bee Cause Project, complete with a Honey Bee Photo Booth (with bee inspired props). 

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Join Dorothea and your fanfest friends for a reception and banquet in the ballroom at the Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. Dorothea will be answering questions from guests on site and from fans around the country on a Facebook Live!



9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bloodies and Biscuits

Croghan’s Jewel Box is treasure trove of the most exciting and unique inventory in the Lowcountry, from estate and antique finds, to gifts for every occasion. Join the Croghans for a shopping experience and breakfast, guaranteed to be unlike your typical Saturday at home, complete with Bloody Marys and Callie’s Biscuits!

11:00 AM - 12:00 pM

Shop Historic King Street

Arguably Charleston’s most famous shopping spot, King Street has been attracting boutique lovers, fashion connoisseurs, and antique collectors to its cobblestone sidewalks for years. Here, you’ll find everything from Louis Vuitton to Kate Spade, Sperry’s to Pottery Barn, and Forever 21 to Urban Outfitters. Fanfest attendees will receive discounts and other goodies at select retailers. Stop by to visit the MUSC Urban Farm Outdoor Observation Honey Bee Hive.

12:30 pM - 3:00 pM

Island Hopping

Join is for a jaunt over to Sullivans Island, childhood home of Dorothea Benton Frank, shop and enjoy a beach walk, lunch at Dottie’s home with renowned chef Jaques Larson of The Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive at Dorothea Benton Frank’s Sullivans Island home.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Fort Sumter National Monument -
Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776–1947) can be traced. Take a 45-minute Ranger led guided tour and then visit the museum and shop.

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Pool Party & BBQ at
Wild Dunes Resort

Save room for a down home pig roast and BBQ set by the gorgeous pool at the Wild Dunes Resort on Isle Of Palms. Dress your pool party best for the on- site photo booth where you can instantly post all the fun to your friends and relatives!



9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

Brunch & Closing Remarks

Enjoy a hearty Lowcountry brunch and biscuit-making demonstration with Carrie Morley,
owner of the famed Callie’s Biscuits and
daughter of Callie. 

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am

Book Signing & Departures

Spend some quality time with Fanfest friends new and old get your last photo ops with Dorothea Benton Frank (until next time!), while buying and getting your favorite books signed.